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Albert Camus Quotes


Algerian-French author and Absurdist philosopher.
(1913 - 1960)

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A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.
 

A fate is not a punishment.
 

A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to bet better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
 

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
[Art]
 

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
 

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
[Art]
 

A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.
[Literature]
 

A slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.
 

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
 

Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.
 

Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
[Art]
 

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
 

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
 

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
 

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
[Age]
 

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
 

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
 

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
[Intellect]
 

An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be.
 

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
 


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